By: Jeff Heyck-Williams

How do you build a piece of furniture?

If you are like me, you go to IKEA.  You pick out the piece of furniture that will meet your purposes and is generally aesthetically pleasing.  You purchase the kit that includes all of the wood, hardware, and instructions in one big box.  You take the big box home, unpack it, and then you look at the instructions.  The instructions more or less explain all of the details of how to put together the piece step by step with visual representations.  You follow each step explicitly and in the end you have put together a chest of drawers or table or cabinet or whatever piece of furniture you needed.  Voila!